Journey with Kileen

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Southwest Parks

As I said in my last article, this is the time of year people are planning vacations. Some look for summer vacations and others look at September/October tours when the kids are back in school. If you are looking at National Parks, one of my personal favorites is Yellowstone and Glacier. Summer is the best time with weather becoming so unpredictabl...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Travel With Amtrak

This is the time of the year when people start thinking about booking summer and fall vacations. If you don’t book early, some tour companies run out of space, especially within the national parks. Many big tour companies reserve rooms a year in advance and usually when they run out of rooms, there aren’t any more until the following ye...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Washington, DC!

It’s almost Cherry Blossom time, although with all this warm weather, it is sure to be early this year.  I thought a look at Washington, DC might be in order. Some people go on vacation to relax and others want to see as much as possible that an area has to offer.  No vacation destination would be complete without discussing Washing...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Visit San Antonio!

There are two special occasions to visit San Antonio: either Christmas on the River Walk or in April for Fiesta.  Both times are great.  In September they start stringing the Christmas lights in the trees on the two mile horseshoe bend of the San Antonio River.  And the dazzling display continues all night from Thanksgiving to New Ye...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Top Vacation Spots

Having been a Tour Manager for the last fourteen years and being in thirty-five to forty states a year, there are not too many places I haven’t visited in the U.S.  I love traveling and meeting so many wonderful people from all over.  The purpose of this column is to share with you some of my favorite places and different means of t...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Vacation Destination – Yellowstone!

Some people like the ocean and beach; others like to travel to the mountains.  Some go by car, train, plane, or cruise ship.  No matter how you get there, going on vacation is something almost everyone looks forward to. Last week we looked at Seattle & the Pacific Northwest.  This week let’s look at a couple of national par...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: New England in the Fall

Very late September / early October is a great time to visit New England. Due to the distance from north to south, there is no way to see all the leaves at peak. But if you go during the above time, you are sure to find beautiful color in Vermont and New Hampshire in the mountains. And, what a site that is to see–just like in the picturesR...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN – Vacation Destination – Inside Yellowstone!

Yellowstone, the granddaddy of the national parks¦ As you enter from the south entrance, on the right hand side of the road amid tall canyons is the Lewis River.  It is amazing how the scenery changes when inside the park.  Everyone thinks of geysers and Old Faithful but there is so much more to this park.  As you follow the Lewis Ri...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Many Trains Across Colorado

What a trip this is!  Start with a flight, bus or car to the mile high city of Denver.  That is where Colorado gets vertical.  Did you know the Colorado Rockies have 56 out of the 91 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet?  This trip makes a large loop around the state and you can take it forwards or backwards. A trip here has to begin...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: The Most Perfect Place To Live

Where is the most perfect place to live? Headlines last summer said "Half the country wilts under unrelenting heat." I couldn’t help but wonder if there is "the" perfect place to live in the US. I know Northerners like going south in the winter but you never hear about a big exodus from the south to the north in the summer...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Crater Lake – Spectacular (and Deep)

The four deepest lakes in the US are Lake Chelan in the Cascade mountains of Washington; Lake Tahoe up in the mountains from Reno, NV; Crater Lake in Oregon; and finally in the Midwest, Lake Superior, one of the Great Lakes. Crater Lake is filled almost entirely by melted snow. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States and one...Read More

Journey with Kileen

Kileen Prather has been a Tour Manager since 1997. Her exciting career takes her to between thirty-five to forty states a year. According to Kileen, there aren’t too many places in the US that she hasn’t visited. She absolutely loves traveling and meeting so many wonderful people from all over. In her column for After Fifty Living, Jour...Read More

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